Today’s the day!! Fabric stores all over the globe (we hope) will be mobbed by adoring fans who just wanna share the love (and buy a few yards). Today, as we all celebrate Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day, we continue the staff conversation about our memories of fabric shops and more:
What’s your earliest fabric-shop memory?
“My mom sewed and I remember going with her to the fabric shops and getting to pick out searsucker for a shift she was making me. it was Princess Fabrics in Van Nuys. (Great name, right?) Then, when I started sewing my own clothes in junior high, we were lucky enough to have a fabric store within walking distance. I used to go in and daydream.”–Vicki Tymczyszyn
“I distinctly remember shopping for fabric with my mom in the early ’70s. I am pretty sure it was JCPenney in Everett, Washington. It was a department store setting and I remember the fabric all lying flat and folded. I don’t recall actual cardboard bolt forms in the centers of the fabric, but there might have been. I remember picking out fabric for clothes with Mom. She made most of my shirts at the time. She didn’t like making boy’s pants because they were ‘too complicated’ for her tastes, she said.–Scott Hansen
What’s your strangest fabric-buying experience?
Oh, I just have to share my Parisian fabric! Now, I have never been to Paris. My mom planned a trip and I decided to send her on a fabric-buying excursion. (From my story a few days ago about fabric-shopping in New York, you can guess that she didn’t mind). So, I started searching online for fabric stores in Paris. This was in the late 1990s, so there was online fabric shopping, but not like today. I found a shop online called Le Rouvray (http://www.lerouvray.com/ ) that had fabric swatches online. I wrote down directions, fabric descriptions, yardage (in meters of course!) and gave my mother the money to purchase what I wanted. She still laughs about the 25 meters of fabric that she needed to get through U.S. Customs. Yeah, I owed her more when she got back… I forgot about tariffs.– Tracy Mooney
What’s the weirdest piece of fabric in your stash?
“My fabric collection is vast, and when I was asked to pick my ‘weirdest’ piece of fabric, I first thought of the fabric that I bought for an ‘ugliest fabric ever’ exchange I was part of years ago. Couldn’t find it. But I could describe it to you. It was a mustard-y gold with many Byzantine-style buildings on it crammed on top of each other. And though it was supposed to be ugly, it kinda grew on me, and now I love it. Also in that swap, I received a brown and orange plaid, veryPartridge Family-ish. LOVED it!!
“In pawing through my fabric, I also found another strange, but wonderful, fabric that I love. It has sort of a fruit-growing theme in plum, orange and black on a white background , and it came in a scrap box from a relative of a friend going into a nursing home. I am pretty sure it is a ’30s or ’40s print, and I love it just because it is so unusual!”--Scott Hansen
So, Q-bies, we’d love to hear your memories of fabric shopping, or about your fave weird cut or most unusual place you’ve bought fabric. And don’t forget to join the crowd at your LQS today! (P.S. While you’re there, ask them if they carry Generation Q. And if they don’t, well, you know what to do…)